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History of Pennsylvania

Try to answer these questions about the history of the state of Pennsylvania.
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First submittedMay 17, 2017
Last updatedMay 17, 2017
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Who founded the colony of Pennsylvania?
William Penn
What religious group was he part of?
Quakers
What Philadelphia resident published "Poor Richard's Almanack"?
Ben Franklin
What document was written in Philadelphia in 1787?
The U.S. Constitution
What two cities once had America's largest steel industries?
Pittsburgh
Bethlehem
What steel tycoon became a philanthropist who founded 3,000 libraries?
Andrew Carnegie
What river did George Washington cross to travel from Pennsylvania to New Jersey?
Delaware
Where did George Washington harbor his troops in the winter of 1777-1778?
Valley Forge
Anthracite mining has been an important part of Pennsylvania's economy? What is anthracite?
Coal
What was discovered in Titusville in 1859?
Oil
For what disease did Jonas Salk develop a vaccine while working at the University of Pittsburgh?
Polio
What Pennsylvania company, founded in 1894, is one of the world's largest chocolate makers?
Hershey
What group of Swiss religious nonconformists moved to Pennsylvania in the 1700s
(and still live there today)?
Amish
What sports movie, set in Philadelphia, won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1977?
Rocky
What basketball player scored 100 points in a single game while playing
for the Philadelphia Warriors?
Wilt Chamberlain
What country established Fort Nya Gothenburg, the first European settlement in Pennsylvania?
Sweden
What city had a terrible flood in 1889 after a dam collapsed?
Johnstown
What line, surveyed in the 1760s, separates Pennsylvania from Maryland?
Mason-Dixon Line
What nuclear plant had a meltdown in 1979?
Three Mile Island
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level 69
May 18, 2017
3/20. It's Always Sunny taught me nothing!
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level 69
May 18, 2017
Better than you 4/20 :)
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
Sounds like It's Always Sunny taught you something.
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level 79
Aug 4, 2017
If the show was called "It's Always Sunny in Pennsylvania," then maybe your score would improve?
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level 77
May 18, 2017
Anthracite mining has been an important part of Pennsylvania's economy?
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level 77
May 21, 2017
Haven't you heard of Pennsylvania coal mines?
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level 39
Aug 4, 2017
Yes? It dominated the economy.
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level 71
Aug 4, 2017
Sadly, yes. And all that mining has left many washed up mining communities with ugly physical scars across their landmarks. Or, if the community was as unlucky as, say, Centralia, they got left on fire for a couple hundred years.
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level 84
May 18, 2017
Wrote Mason-Dixie! 🙈
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level 70
Jun 15, 2017
Stallone should've gotten the Best Actor Oscar for "Rocky", IMO. Sentiment was strong with Peter Finch for "Network", however, since he had passed away.
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level 70
Jun 27, 2017
I just watched Network again a couple weeks ago....it is almost like a warped documentary now! Too funny!
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level 67
Aug 4, 2017
Four stars to the first Rocky. Four stars total to II, III, IV, and V.
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level 70
Aug 4, 2017
Born and raised in PA and missed the Amish. Didn't realize the Swiss connection.
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level 70
Aug 4, 2017
Neither did I, but pieced it together from the "religious nonconformists" clue. Only missed Bethlehem.
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level 67
Aug 4, 2017
I hate that quizzes accept the incorrect spelling of "Pittsburg." It means those of us who spell it right get screwed up on our next answer because we have an extra H left over.
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level 77
Aug 4, 2017
Johnstown but nothing about Gettysburg? Pennsylvania was also site of the first modern oil well in history, though some places in Canada make similar claims. This was part of the curriculum when I was teaching corporate history of Aramco in Saudi Arabia.
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level 45
Aug 5, 2017
You can always make your own quiz.
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level 37
Aug 4, 2017
This Pennsylvanian got 18/20. Not so good
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level 58
Oct 17, 2017
me too
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
Evidently 3 doesn't mean Three.
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level 65
Mar 24, 2019
Should have realized the steel and Bethlehem connection. Out in Bethlehem they’re killing time, filling out forms, standing in line...
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level 80
Apr 8, 2019
Great song. I'll admit trying Allentown.
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level 71
Apr 29, 2019
I do not know how to spell Hershey.